Not a great deal

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Senior Member
Chinese,Cantonese,Sichuan dialect
Hi,

I'd like to know about the phrase "not a great deal", and I think it means "not too much".

I am wondering if I could use this phrase as an answer when someoen asks me:

How much/well do you know about this city?

I then answer:

Not a great deal. I'm also new here.


I am wondering if the answer is idiomatic? Thanks a lot
 
  • Egmont

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    Yes, that's what it means, and that answer is idiomatic.

    The question, however, should be either "How much do you know about this city?" or "How well do you know this city?" without "about." "How well do you know about this city?" is an error.
     

    ewie

    Senior Member
    English English
    How well do you know this city?
    Not a great deal
    :cross:
    Not very well:tick:

    How much do you know about this city?
    Not a great deal
    :tick:

    In other words, the question has to be about a 'much' quantity:
    How much do they pay you?
    How much time is left?
    How much ketchup would you like on your chips?
    > Not a great deal (i.e. not much.)
     
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